Risk management links for the month of February 2012

Each month we provide links to the best online articles and conversations about risk management. If you would like to add to this list, just leave a summary and a link in the comments section. Enjoy the links for the month of February 2012.

  • A recent poll of U.S. technology company CFOs conducted by BDO USA showed that while other concerns remain top-of-mind, IT-related risk management issues are rated by 33% of CFOs as their biggest worry. This total jumped 65% from last year’s survey, when one in five CFOs rated risk management as their top worry. (Source: CFO World)
  • Key findings from Carnegie Mellon CyLab’s third survey regarding cyber governance by major corporations globally show the issue is still not getting enough attention from senior management. While board risk committees and cross-organizational teams are being formed, nearly half of respondents noted that their companies do not have full-time staff dedicated to key privacy and security roles. A slideshow highlights key governance activities organizations are encouraged to take to improve their corporate governance standards. (Source: ITBusinessEdge)
  • In a guest post, Guerdon T. Ely, financial planner and author of the book, Uncertainty is a Certainty, addresses the importance of utilizing proper risk management measures when making investment decisions. He quotes fellow author, W. Scott Simon, who says, “Everyone talks about risk management, but few actually do it.” Simon attributes investors and investment managers’ problem to their use of track records as indicators of futures risk and returns, which are essentially “worthless” because of hidden risk, according to Ely. In his guest post, Ely shares five ways to manage investment risk. (Source: Forbes)
  • Part II of SEI’s The Shifting Hedge Fund Landscape report says that while institutional investors remain committed to investing in hedge funds, managers are expected to meet certain conditions. Among these conditions are increased transparency and communication, diversification of strategies and better risk management. SEI’s Ross Ellis says, “Although managers are getting better at understanding their investors they still don’t understand how important risk management is to them.” (Source: Hedgeweek)
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